I can always appreciate a woman who is good with her hands. I can equally appreciate a woman who has rhythm.
A whole magazine dedicated to female drummers? Be still my heart.
Tom Tom is a new publication started by musician Mindy Abovitz, who is behind the kit of the Brooklyn-based band Taigaa. In an interview with lifestyle magazine Anthem, Abovitz said she felt there was a need for interviews with other women drummers as a way of building a community:
That’s definitely not too much to ask, especially when you’re the one keeping the song on track and hands clapping to the right beat.
On the magazine’s website, tomtommag.com, you can watch videos, read interview excerpts and find out what women will be featured in the debut issue. Right now they are featuring a group of African women drummers who play “djembefola.” It also promises upcoming Q&As with the queer women of Telepathe and the all-girl band I Heart Liechtensteinians. Even if you’re not a drummer yourself, it is a great way to find out about female musicians, who, as we all know, get the shaft when it comes to coverage in most music magazines.
“One goal of Tom Tom magazine is empowerment through awareness, knowledge sharing, and community,” Abovitz told Anthem. “Ideally we will make some headway and chip away at this beast.”
Hannah Blile of the Gossip
Sounds great — my dream interviews for the first issue include Hannah Blile of the Gossip and Janet Weiss of Quasi and Sleater-Kinney. Do you have any other women you’d want to hear from about their drumsets and skils?